School of Public Health: 162 million children are too short for their age

About 162 million children worldwide under the age of five are considered too short for their age—a growth failure called stunting.

Researchers from the School of Public Health identified five risk factors as the primary causes of stunting: low birth weight, insufficient diet, inflammation and other issues in the small intestine, infection and exposure to toxins. Infectious diseases may contribute to a larger portion of the stunting burden than previously thought.